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How about a little meet and greet? Meet the culinary experts who craft our recipes, products, and more.

Meet Our Chefs

It's been said that “People who love to eat are always the best people,” and judging by the fact you’re looking back at us right here, right now, tells us everything we need to know about you. We go together like peas and carrots. Or scrambled eggs and hot sauce. Or pineapple and pizza. (Enter ongoing debate here.)

Our professional culinary chefs? They’re also food enthusiasts, each with their own unique background, skill sets, tastes, and experiences that they bring to the table. Every one of our fabulous culinary team members pours their heart (and olive oil) into making the recipes and products you love down to the last teaspoon. We’re obsessed with making really great food—and we want nothing more than to share that obsession with you. ❤️

Chef Lea Anne
Chef Lea Anne
Your partner in easy at-home cooking
Lea Anne Dea, RDN

Lea Anne Dea is a registered dietitian and culinary manager with more than a decade of test kitchen experience at Conagra Brands. She leads the digital kitchen team that writes and photographs recipes for ReadySetEat.com and develops consumer cooking directions for multiple national brands, including Healthy Choice®, Frontera, and P.F Chang’s® Home Menu. Prior to joining Conagra Brands, Lea Anne worked as a clinical dietitian and a culinary educator presenting live cooking shows to thousands of people throughout the U.S. Lea Anne holds a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Iowa State University.

Where you’ll find me: Cheering on my kids’ sports teams, sneaking in a run, or trying to master my garden.

Chef Rebekah
Chef Rebekah
Our health and wellness guru
Rebekah Ziesmer

Rebekah is on the innovative culinary team at Conagra™ Brands where she works as a development chef. She has more than 16 years of experience in the restaurant industry, both front and back-of-house. She moved over to research and development when she joined the Frontera® Foods team in 2015, shortly before it was acquired by Conagra. She joined Conagra as a full-time employee in 2017 after working as a sous-chef for one of Chicago's top chefs. In addition to culinary media, she’s also involved with recipe and product development, and is currently working towards a master’s degree in nutrition.

Where you'll find me: Training for a marathon, studying for my master's in nutrition, or throwing vegetable-forward dinner parties for friends and family.

Chef Brittany
Chef Brittany
Our baking and desserts queen
Brittany Wolfe

After studying culinology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and baking and pastry at Metro Community College, Brittany traveled around the U.S. gaining experience in baking, cake decorating, and traditional French pastries, most notably as the executive pastry chef at the famed L’Auberge de Sedona. She joined Conagra in 2017 as a development chef assisting brands such as Duncan Hines®, Marie Callender’s®, Healthy Choice®, and Purple Carrot.  

Where you’ll find me: Baking through the latest cookbook or preparing for my next national park adventure.

Chef AJ
Chef AJ
The one with the snacks
AJ Swanda

AJ joined Conagra Brands in 2018 as a development chef, having studied culinary arts and food sustainability at New England Culinary Institute. After pioneering menus at fine dining restaurants across the country and opening a Japanese street-food restaurant in Omaha, AJ was inspired to scale his culinary philosophy by creating products for Conagra that reach the dinner tables of millions. He believes that food should bring people joy and is passionate about making delicious food that promotes human and environmental sustainability.

Where you’ll find me: Cooking for friends, tinkering in the garage on my Bronco, or on a hike with my pup Hemingway.

Andrea Bruns
Andrea Bruns
Bringing chef-inspired recipes to your table
Andrea Bruns

Andrea Bruns is a recipe developer and food stylist on our digital kitchen team. She’s a master at writing chef-inspired recipes that are easy for anyone to recreate at home. In her nine years with Conagra, her work has touched many brands, including Duncan Hines, Banquet®, and Frontera. She has been cooking and baking for her family since she was very young and has a passion for seasonal cooking (just ask her about her famous strawberry-rhubarb pie). She holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Where you’ll find me: Working in my flower and vegetable gardens, taking on new cooking and baking projects with my husband and daughter, or hanging out with my family on the farm.

Tiffany Johnson
Tiffany Johnson
The shutterbug
Tiffany Johnson

Tiffany has been a part of the Conagra Brands culinary team since 2013, cooking up new menu items for Healthy Choice, Orville Redenbacher’s®, Act II® popcorn, and more. She has a love for photography that started while snapping images for her high school yearbook. She is now a food photographer and has captured many of the delicious photos found here on Ready Set Eat. Tiffany loves to entertain and create new crowd-pleasing recipes to share with her friends, family, and neighbors.

Where you’ll find me: Playing Frisbee with my son, slicing on the golf course, and DIY-ing home projects.

Shane Zimmerman
Shane Zimmerman
The Renaissance man
Shane Zimmerman

Shane joined Conagra Brands in 2020, and supports Conagra’s snacking brands, including Slim Jim®, Duke’s®, Angie’s Boomchickapop®, Orville Redenbacher™, Act II, BIGS®, DAVID®, and Duncan Hines. Shane attended the Western Culinary Institute in Portland and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has spent his career in high-volume restaurants, fine dining, and research and development. Most recently, Shane was the director of research and development and continued partner for Heritage Restaurant and Caviar Bar in Chicago. He specialized in the fermented foods and charcuterie program, with the cuisine of the restaurant blending Midwestern comfort food, Eastern/Central European, and Korean cuisines.

Where you’ll find me: Cooking at home or the restaurant, experimenting with fermented foods, or at the Krav Maga gym.

Nikeema and Dan in the test kitchen
SHARING OUR PASSION WITH THE NEXT GENERATION

MEET OUR CULINARY INTERNS

In partnership with Impact Culinary Training and food and beverage incubator The Hatchery Chicago, we're proud to offer culinary internships for young adults from underrepresented communities. For 12 exciting weeks, our interns roll up their sleeves and get a first taste of the industry, helping Conagra's R & D team develop products and recipes for several well-known brands. Along the way, they gain experience, leadership opportunities, and mentors—plus professional skills that go far beyond the kitchen.

TOP PICKS FROM OUR TEST KITCHEN

What’s for dinner? Look no further than these stand-out recipes selected by our chefs.